Readers, fall is almost here, and I’m not sad about it—especially when the fall book selections for Book Club look this good.
In our MMD Book Club community we’re learning to read better, together. We read a monthly selection, plus there’s special content and regular classes that help us get more out of our reading lives. I’m so excited about what’s in store for fall and today I’m filling you in on what Book Club members already know. I’m pulling back the curtain to show you what’s happening among our readers there. If you want to join in the fun this fall, sign up here!
A timely announcement
While today’s post is all about our fall happenings, now is a GREAT time to join because we have a much-anticipated event happening this week as part of our Summer of Experts. Our Wednesday one-hour live session is all about how to take better book photos. I know many of you, like me, could benefit from some pro advice in this area. That event is happening on Wednesday, August 14, at noon Eastern time, and is free and included with your membership.
Our live events are ALWAYS available to watch afterwards, which means members have instant access to past events and classes including our fabulous summer session How to Get Your Hands on Advanced Review Copies, our One Hour to a Better #Bookstagram class, and all author chats and book club discussions.
Our 2019 fall reading selections
SEPTEMBER: • We’re kicking off our autumn reading with Deanna Raybourn’s fun and thrilling novel A Curious Beginning, the first book in her Veronica Speedwell series, featuring a well-bred but totally badass heroine. We’re chatting with Deanna herself on September 26. Optional flight pick: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye.
OCTOBER: • The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett, a literary mystery tailor-made for bibliophiles that begins in 1995 Hay-on-Wye, and then travels back in time, first to Victorian England, and then to Shakespeare’s time, all in the pursuit of the bookish truth. I’m chatting with Charlie—live and in person at Bookmarks NC!—on October 17. (The event is free; registration is required. If you can’t make it to NC—which will be most of you—this event will be streamed via video for members, as usual.) Optional flight pick: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
NOVEMBER: • Celine by Peter Heller. The titular character is a 67-year-old artist and private eye who travels all the way from her posh apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge to Yellowstone to solve a decades-old missing persons case that just keeps getting stranger. Optional flight pick: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano.
There’s more bookish fun in store
Our bookish enthusiasm and empowerment don’t stop with our book discussions. This fall our line-up includes exclusive special content and classes I can’t wait to share with Book Club members. Our calendar looks like this:
SEPTEMBER: • Fall Book Preview. Join me on September 18 to hear which titles booksellers are most excited about for fall. This will be similar to the Summer Reading Guide unboxing, which members got to experience before the guide went out to everyone else. I’ll share the new fall releases I already love, and those I can’t wait to get my hands on. This special session will be tons of fun and will give you a jump start on getting your preorders and library holds in!
OCTOBER: • Book Journaling for Fun and Focus. We’ll build on our Book Journaling for Book Lovers class (free and ready-to-watch any time for members, $15.00 for non-members) to explore even more journaling techniques: the beautiful, the fun, the strategic, the eye-opening.
NOVEMBER: • Why and How to Write in Your Books. Did you just gasp? In this class, I hope to convince you to put pen to page (though I’ll share some work-arounds if you shudder at the thought!). We’ll explore numerous methods for marking up your reading material—whether that’s digital or analog—while highlighting how this can benefit your retention, reviews, understanding of, and enthusiasm for the books you read.
To view all the fall events in one place click here. (We’re updating this page with new events as we schedule them.) I hope you’ll join me and your fellow readers for an incredible fall. Click here to get started.
I can’t wait to kick off a new literary season with you all. Happy reading!
P.S. Our summer box was such a hit, I once again teamed up with Brandy at Page 1 Books for the MMD Fall Book Club bundle. Click here to check it out—and don’t miss the School Supply pack, which includes some of the tools you’ll use in our fall classes.